Compiled by Healthe-Matters Editors
Since its launch, our Healthe-Matters blog has aimed to deliver timely, actionable health and wellness information, from the local experts our community trusts. In 2020, this mission took on increased importance, as the need for reliable information became critical in our fight against COVID-19.
Today, as we take our annual look back at the year’s top blog posts, we also want to offer our sincere gratitude to SMH’s medical experts and other care providers who contributed to Healthe-Matters during this unprecedented year. Because they so generously shared their knowledge and expert insights, we were able to keep our community informed in a time when there were often more questions than answers.
We also would like to thank you, our community, for putting your trust in SMH and in Healthe-Matters as your go-to source for local COVID-19 guidance and information.
In 2020, we published dozens of COVID-19 related Q&As, how-to’s and updates, in addition to our usual range of health and wellness topics and tips. These are the year’s Top 10 Healthe-Matters posts:
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Washington Hill, MD, answered reader questions about pregnancy, hospital delivery and COVID-19 in this March 2020 Ask An Expert post.
In this December 2020 post, SMH Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD, and Chief Medical Officer James Fiorica, MD, addressed some of our community’s most common questions about COVID-19 vaccines, vaccine safety and availability, and what the vaccine rollout means in the global fight against novel coronavirus.
Dr. Gordillo and SMH Critical Care Pulmonologist Dr. Kirk Voelker talked COVID-19 risks in the "re-opened economy," proper mask wearing and ICU capacity concerns in this June 2020 video blog post.
Dr. Gordillo shared practical COVID-19 prevention advice for teachers to help them safely plan their return to the classroom in this July 2020 blog post.
For those with hearing loss, navigating life during the COVID-19 pandemic can be particularly challenging. This July 2020 post offered tips to help them break down communication barriers while still protecting themselves and others from COVID-19.
Published before our area’s first COVID-19 case was diagnosed, this February 2020 post addressed the then-rising concerns about the novel coronavirus, and Dr. Gordillo weighed in on ways to guard against the then-emerging public health threat.
Sarasota Memorial’s Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Manager Jamie Kisgen, PharmD, answered frequently asked questions and dispelled myths about treatment and medication options for patients with COVID-19 in this August 2020 post.
SMH Clinical Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein offered self-care tips and coping strategies to help readers navigate the “new normal” and the emotional and mental weight of this unprecedented time in this April 2020 post.
Written for those fighting COVID-19 at home, this DIY guide to COVID care included an overview of what you’ll need, steps you should take, what to expect and tips for caregivers. The July 2020 video blog post also features a Q&A with SMH Critical Care Pulmonologist Joseph Seaman, MD, and First Physicians Group COO Jack Rodman, MD.
And the No. 1, most-read Healthe-Matters post of the year was …
In this April 2020 video blog and tutorial, Sarasota Memorial nurse Jennifer Sorensen, RN, offered a step-by-step mask-wearing how-to, along with some do's and don'ts for face coverings use and re-use.
Thank you, 2020 Healthe-Matters Contributors
Manuel Gordillo, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist
Kirk Voelker, MD, Pulmonologist & Clinical Research Medical Director
Joseph Seaman, MD, Critical Care Pulmonologist
Washington Hill, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
Jamie Kisgen, PharmD, Infectious Diseases Pharmacy Manager
Jack Rodman, MD, First Physicians Group COO
Jessie Hoang, MD, Pediatrics Chair
Jeremy Lund, PharmD, MS, Emergency Medicine/Toxicology Clinical Pharmacist
Jennifer Sorensen, MSN, Education Nurse
Jose Tavarez, MD, First Physicians Group Pediatrician
Deirdra Myers, MD, First Physicians Group Pediatrician
Elizabeth Bornstein, MSSA, LCSW, Clinical Counselor
Brian Schofield, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon
Justin Lee, MD, Interventional Radiologist
Jill Hazzard, LMHC, Behavioral Health Services Manager
Susan Williams, MSN, Injury Prevention Coordinator
Shayna Shefrin, PT, Outpatient Rehab Pelvic Floor Therapist
Crystal Brooks, LCSW, Rehab Clinical Social Worker
Ashleigh Beachy, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist
April Slone, RN, Cardiovascular Program Coordinator
Kristie Menke, MSN, Cardiovascular Nurse